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Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus



Analysis of Content

[*2r] [Table of contents.] ‘Rubricae.’

[*11r] Antonius Raudensis: [Errata Lactantii.] A list of errors in the works of Lactantius; see L‑002.

[*12r] [Montaltus] Genuensis, Adam: [Verse censuring Antonius Raudensis.] Incipit: ‘Hic male corripuit stolidis Antonius ausis'; 4 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[a1r] Lactantius, [Lucius Coelius] Firmianus: De divinis institutionibus. Lactantius, Divinae institutiones, ed. Brandt, CSEL 19, 1-672.

[s1r] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De ira dei addressed to] Donatus. Lactantius, De ira dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 67-132.

[t8r] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De opificio dei vel de formatione hominis addressed to] Demetrianus. Lactantius, De opificio dei, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 3-64.

[x4r] [Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: De phoenice carmen.] Lactantius, Opera omnia: 2/1: Carmen de ave phoenice, ed. Brandt, CSEL 27, 135-47.

[x6r] Ovidius [Naso, Publius]: Metamorphoses [extract]. Ov. Met. 15. 391-402.

[x6r] Dante [Alighieri: La commedia: Inferno xxv, lines 106-11]. Incipit: ‘[C]ossi per li gram(!) saui se confessa | Chella phenice muore e poi renasce'; 6 lines of verse. Dante, La commedia. 2. Inferno, ed. Petrocchi, 411-12.

[x6v] [Fortunatus, Venantius: De resurrectione Christi. Also known as Carmen de pascha; addressed to Bishop Felix.] Incipit: ‘[S]alue festa dies toto uenerabilis aeuo | Qua deus infernum uicit et astra tenet'; 50 elegiac distichs. See L‑003.

[x7v] [Verse.] Incipit: ‘Arguit hic hominum sectas Lactantius omnes | Septeno falsas codice uera docens'; 5 elegiac distichs. see Walther, Initia, 1467.


Imprint: [Venice]: Adam de Ambergau, 1471. Folio.


Collation: [*12 a–l10 m8 n–q10 r12 s–u10 x8].

Illustrations: Woodcut borders at the head and foot of [a1r], also woodcut initials at the beginning of each book.


ISTC: il00004000

Hain: H *9809;

Goff: Goff L‑4;

BMC: BMC V 188;

Proctor: Pr 4144;

Others: BSB‑Ink L‑4; CIBN L‑4; Oates 1652; Sheppard 3318. Microfiche: Incunabula Unit 9: Printing in Italy before 1472: Part III.

LCN: 14450238


Copy number: L-005(1)

Wanting [x1.8], also the blank leaf [*1].

Gathering [*] here bound at the end. On [x7v] the date and the name of the printer are printed only after the verse colophon, whereas in BMC it appears before.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled calf; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 346 × 246 × 49 mm.

Size of leaf: 330 × 230 mm.

Marginal notes in several fifteenth- and sixteenth-century hands, including comments on and corrections to the text, extraction of key words, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands, also underlining in the text in black ink. Manuscript foliation: 1-216.

At the beginning of each book rubric headings and titles are supplied in red. Two-line epigraphic initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red or blue. The woodcut borders on [a1r] are painted in gold, red, maroon, blue, and yellow, with a coat of arms added within a maroon laurel wreath in the lower border: gules, four bars wavy sable. Woodcut initials at the beginning of each book coloured in gold, red, maroon, and blue.

Provenance: Unidentified coat of arms on [a1r] (see above). Luigi Celotti (c.1768-c.1846); sale, 14 Feb. 1825, lot 774. Purchased for £11. 11. 0; see Books Purchased (1825), 15, and note on the verso of the front endleaf, ‘purchased 1825.’

SHELFMARK: Auct. N inf. 2.7.

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